I took my dog outside to ‘go potty’ yesterday and all went well…. the potty ‘went’. After making my way inside and settling down a bit to have a bite to eat, I noticed a bright green oscillating shape on the blur of my shoulder within my peripheral vision. After pausing a moment to process the fact that something was amiss, I looked onto my right shoulder to find a friendly little thing frantically waving his ‘torso’ at me. The little fella was the brightest green, made only bright against the backdrop of my black T-shirt. I knew what needed to be done…GRAB THE CAMERA! That’s what I do…. I actually shot some video this time.
Anyways, let’s get down to business. Sort of. I say sort of because I’m not entirely sure enough to make a positive ID on this one. I’m pretty sure it’s a Leaftier or a Leafroller caterpillar. My first guess was to go down the road of ‘inchworm’, but after a few quick searches, I was certain this wasn’t a true inchworm because of the leg placement.
Both of them feed on the newly budding leaves of different trees (Oak seems to be a popular one) in the spring, they then drop down into the leaf litter to pupate. They are thought to be more a pest than a threat because of a good number of natural predators.